Government has no plans in the near future to provide free sanitary pads to young school going girls as promised recently.
President Museveni during his 2016 election campaigns promised to provide sanitary pads to these young girls to help address the problem of the high school dropout.
Two years down the road, the Ministry of Education, says funds to fulfil this pledge have not yet been availed.
This was confirmed by Education Minister and First Lady Jane Museveni, while addressing the press on Monday as per the ongoing NRM Manifesto Week.
Mrs Museveni said government still has no money to procure and provide free sanitary towels for the vulnerable school going girls.
“We don’t have the funding in this financial year; I don’t think we are doing it right now,” the First Lady said.
She noted however that the Ministry hasn’t given up yet and is still lobbying for more funding to enable the implementation of the presidential pledge.
“When we get the funding, we will do it and we would like to see it done but we can’t do it without funding for it.”
According to statistics from Ministry of Education, only 35% of girls who join primary one happen to complete primary seven attributing the huge drop out to menstruation hygiene challenges among other issues.